Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 10, 2001 - Issue 31



Little Wound Teacher Wins National Honor


by Lori Myrland Rapid City Journal Staff Writer

KYLE A math teacher at Little Wound High School is being honored in Washington, D.C., this week as a winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Teresa McComber is one of four South Dakota teachers to win the award for 2000. Sponsored by the White House and administered by the National Science Foundation, it is the highest honor given to teachers of math and science in grades K-12. Recipients' names were released Tuesday.

School Principal Betty Robertson described McComber as "dynamic" and "an outstanding teacher," noting that McComber taught her daughter and grandchildren.

McComber was selected from more than 600 national finalists from the 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and Department of Defense schools. Each year, a national panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators recommends as many as 216 teachers to receive the award.

Each award recipient receives a $7,500 grant for his or her school and a trip to Washington, D.C. During her stay, she will receive her grant, meet with other teachers, attend seminars and have the opportunity to take trips to places such as the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution.

Wendy Mendoza, instructional-services director at the school, is accompanying

Robertson said McComber has taught at Little Wound High School for nine years.

McComber is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and Bowling Green State University.

Little Wound High School serves 368 students in grades nine through 12. It is on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is administered with federal grant money by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Other award recipients for 2000 from South Dakota are Larry D. Beesley, a science teacher at Valley Springs Elementary School; Ramona R. Lundberg, a science teacher in the Deuel School District; and Betty Ann Thomas, a math teacher at Springfield Elementary School.



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